Often, norms are challenged, and this controversial front cover is one of those attempts. There was a lot of controversy over this image as the model is quite clearly male yet physically portrays many feminine features. With this not in any way being subtle, it caused quite an uproar as many are still sensitive to the issues surrounding gender, even with this being an older image.
I myself have some done studio portraiture work surrounding the issues of gender. Gender identity is an issue outside of advertising, and it’s something people often don’t understand. Graphic designer, Patrick Smith created a visual representation in attempt to understand as part of his minimalist disorders series. I myself attempted to recreate this representation of Patrick Smiths, but through photography.